The main facility of the Nesna Museum is the building that once housed the business of the local Zahl family. This large and stately commercial building, which dates from 1907 and has Swiss-style decorations, has been expanded both in width and towards the rear. Nesna is amongst other things known for “Nesnalobben”, and an exhibition in the museum is dedicated to this footwear.

The Zahl family was active as merchants throughout most of the 20th century. While the ground floor was used for their shop, offices and postal services, the family and its servants lived on the top two floors. There is still a small post office in the building. The museum’s permanent exhibitions document the Zahls’ merchant activities and household, as well as local farming practices, fisheries and other sectors, including various other trades and handicrafts.


Nærbilde av nesnalobben på Nesna museum Ketil Born / Helgeland Museum

This popular and practical winter shoe, made of wool felt, is nice and warm. Its sole is made of a mix of rubber and plastic. Production of this footwear started in 1955, but in fact only a small part of that production took place in the Nesna factory. Instead, a large number of women throughout Helgeland produced most of the inventory in their own homes.

nesna-museum Ketil Born / Helgeland Museum

The sexton’s residence

In the heart of Nesna you will find the old sexton’s residence (Klokkergården), built in 1823. This is also Helgeland’s oldest remaining permanent school building, and it was used as a school until a new school was built in 1886. You can still see the original desks, educational posters, globes, books and more. Through the years, Klokkergården has also served as a private hospital and a bookstore. During the German occupation of Norway, the Germans used Klokkergården as a residence and hospital.


Phone: +47 952 79 695
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Summer open 21.06.- 15.08. Monday – Saturday 10.00 – 16.00.

Otherwise in the year Wednesday and Friday from 11.00 – 15.00.

By car from Mo i Rana: Take the E6 towards the airport and take the FV12. About 1 hour drive to Nesna.

From Mosjøen: Follow FV78 towards Sandnessjøen and take off towards the ferry berth at Levang, about 1 hour. Ferry from Levang to Nesna 25 minutes.

Thank you for respecting the local communities, and for helping us preserve the natural beauty of Helgeland!


  • Strive to leave no trace of your visit. Bring back all your rubbish, including used toilet paper, and discard it in the nearest rubbish bin.
  • Plan your toilet visits and use the opportunity when you pass a toilet. In the wilderness, make sure you are not a nuisance to others.
  • Respect the local wildlife. Keep a good distance from wildlife, livestock and birds. Keep your dog leashed.
  • Respect private property. Keep a respectful distance from houses and cabins.
  • Show good boating sense. Keep a good distance from shore and drive at a low speed, especially when you are close to anyone or anything on the water, including birds or animals. Avoid loud and disturbing engine noise. Be aware that some islands and nature reserves are important nesting sites, and that going ashore is prohibited during the nesting season.
  • Follow the Norwegian Mountain Code (Fjellvettreglene). Plan your excursion according to the weather forecast, your skills and experience.
  • Join a guided excursion or consider hiring an experienced guide, especially when you don’t have sufficient experience or knowledge to guarantee a safe trip.

Welcome to Nesna

The small village of Nesna is ideally situated in the heart of the Helgeland coast. Here, on a peninsula between two fjords, the coast meets the islands, and the fjords meet the mountains, allowing you to enjoy the best of both worlds.

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